The Black-E: Liverpool Biennial: Deader than Dead by Ligia Lewis
Venue: The Black-E
Dates: 19/06/2021 - 20/06/2021
Times: 11:00 - 18:00
Film Performance: Deader than Dead by Ligia Lewis at The Black-E
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20, 11am – 6pm
Free, no booking necessary, drop-in
Ligia Lewis conceived and directed deader than dead in 2020 as an intrigue-based inquiry into deadpan, an impassive mannerism deployed in comedic fashion in order to illustrate emotional distance. The dancers perform to Macbeth’s culminating soliloquy (“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,” a reflection on repetition and meaninglessness), which unfolds through the work in modular parts, each one an illustration or parody of death, stasis, and the void, each one tied to its own carefully selected soundtrack or sample. Full of play and comedic tropes, the work is also a meditation on “playing,” or acting, as well as on tragedy’s recurring cycles and familiarity within Black and brown experience; on time, as it loops; on performance; on touch, as an act of both care and violence. Built in the form of a musical lament, it is a protracted complaint performed ad infinitum, decomposing itself along the way.